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Crashes / Fires:
5 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,156 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Impala electrical problems

electrical problem

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2010 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #72

Mar 262015


  • 41,000 miles


Loud ticking sound coming from passenger side vent. I have checked with other owners of Chevy who have the same problems going back about 6 yrs+- with Impala and Malibu's. there are 3 motors on the passenger side that go bad, when one is fixed then and other two go bad shortly after. The cost range is about $600. I have been on the phone with GM and the dealer with no satisfaction. I am told the I have to pay their hourly rate to have this inspected, then the replacement cost. GM should be held accountable for this obvious defect. Where can I get help. I am 74yrs old and on a fixed income. Please advise!!!!

- Blackwood, NJ, USA

problem #71

Mar 132015


  • 35,500 miles
Twice this week while driving at around 55 mph my traction control and stabilization light came on also the check engine light. And a message that speed is reduced. The car did slow down and felt like my transmission was giving me problems. When I pulled over and stopped the engine the lights went out and the car ran ok it took till the next morning for the check engine light to go out.I took it in for a check up and was told it needed a gas pedal position sensor. I had this replaced at a total cost of $210.

- Bensalem, PA, USA

problem #70

Jan 022012

Impala 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
When starting the vehicle the dash lights do not immediately respond. Adjustment to the light/dimmer control do not make the light come on. This will go on for about 30 seconds and then the dash lights will suddenly come on. It is not safe to drive after dark, you cannot see what gear you are in, your speed is not visible, nor any of the other dash lights. It is random and not reproducible for shop to see. This also occurred with our 2007 Chevy Impala, progressing to finally no dash lights and resulted in $700 repair for faulty wiring in steering column. Should be looked at for root cause and addressed at factory before release. Please, very annoying, expensive, and will cause me to not purchase again.

- Pomeroy, WA, USA

problem #69

Feb 032014


  • 90,000 miles


I was driving and my cars engine light came on 1st then the traction control light. When they came on it reduced power to my engine and quit on the interstate. I had looked up possible causes when I had a test ran it was showing throttle body I replaced it and it never fixed it upon research I have seen multiple people who owns Impala from the years 2009 and up having the same issues and feel it is something that needs to be looked into. What I have found idk yet I am waiting on the piece to see if this is the issue or not is the pedal sensor could be the cause. But I feel it can be unsafe because my car had quit on a busy interstate with cars traveling at the speed of 65mph and higher. Just when I was looking it up I had saw so many other people having the same issues with their Impala. Please look into it thank you.\

- Branchland, WV, USA

problem #68

Jun 102013


  • 31,060 miles
Two under dash actuators needed to be replaced at 31,060 and 39,914 miles. I believe these parts are faulty and need to be recalled. When I contacted Chevrolet, case# [xxx], I was advised that recalls are only initiated by your organization. Since this is not a safety issue, this is questionable. Please advise. 2010 Chevrolet Impala, information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #67

Jan 062015


  • 72,000 miles
When I was driving to work my car suddenly lost its traction control, the engine went to have power and the check engine light came on. It happens very fast, and now my car wont go over 40 miles per hour. I research on the internet I see lots of people having this problem so I wanted to report it.

- Amanda , OH, USA

problem #66

Dec 012014

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles


2010 Chevrolet Impala ignition design issue cw the consumer stated the modification was done in a timely and cost-free manner. However, the solution did not address the mechanical issue of the ignition design.

- Youngsville, NC, USA

problem #65

Dec 012014

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
2010 Chevrolet Impala recall on ignition. The parts were not available.

- Hutto, TX, USA

problem #64

Nov 032014


  • miles
2001 Chevrolet Impala quit at 30 mph the consumer stated on two other occasions, the vehicle would not start. The dealer replaced the ignition. After the ignition was replaced, the vehicle continued to shut off. The consumer finally traded the vehicle I 2011.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #63

Aug 012013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the gears were difficult to switch when the vehicle started. When the engine warmed, the failure was not experienced. Also, the key was difficult to remove from the ignition at times. The failures recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Hemingway, SC, USA

problem #62

Jun 132013


  • 50,000 miles


This has happened on numerous occasions. While driving my vehicle will turn off. Sometimes me vehicle will have trouble starting. Turning the key will not engage the starter, there will be no attempt of the motor to turn over. This continues to happen even after the removal of all key rings from the ignition key. Today (11/18/14), my Impala died while driving and the engine light turned on. The code stated that there was a faulty ignition switch.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #61

Nov 132014


  • 130,600 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the key became lodged in the ignition. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to have repairs performed under NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (electrical system). The technician was unable to repair the vehicle since the key was still stuck in the ignition switch. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,600.

- Roseboro , NC, USA

problem #60

Oct 122014


  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the ignition failed without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (electrical system). However, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 81,000.

- East Tawas , MI, USA

problem #59

Nov 042014


  • 66,000 miles
TL- the contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the traction control sensor and the service engine sensor illuminated intermittently and the reduced engine speed error message flashed several times. The contact indicated that the vehicle drastically reduced speed and stalled several times. The contact was not able to travel over approximately 25 mph each time the failure recurred. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer who diagnosed that acceleration pedal may need to be replaced but the contact was not given a specific diagnosis. The contact was also waiting for parts to schedule a recall repair for NHTSA campaign id number: 14V355000 (electrical system) and stated that the part was not available. The dealer did not give a specific date for when the part would become available. The manufacturer was contacted and could not provide an estimated date for when the contacts vehicle would receive the recall repair. The vehicle was not repaired pertaining to the failure which was getting progressively worse. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided no remedy. The approximate failure mileage was 66,000. Dyd

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #58

Oct 312014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Vehicle was being driven and then the service traction control light came on and immediately the vehicle lost power steering and the whole instrument panel appeared to shut down. The engine was still running however I was unable to accelerate. After getting the vehicle to a stop I turned the car off and then tried restarting it. It would start but then immediately the engine would die.

- Payson, IL, USA

problem #57

Oct 252014


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 45 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle was restarted but the failure recurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact stated that the vehicle was unable to be serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (electrical system) due to the part not being available. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- Brazil, IN, USA

problem #56

Aug 172014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
While driving at night speed 55 mph all the instrument gauges went to zero nothing was registering at all this happened several times while driving. It happened several times after that for the next 2 months. Then it would not start. Had to tow to dealer.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #55

Oct 242011


  • 34,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the air bag warning light was illuminated. Also, the contact mentioned that the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (electrical system). However, the remedy failed to repair the ignition switch which was malfunctioning. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 34,000.

- Chula Vista , CA, USA

problem #54

Oct 012014


  • miles
2010 Chevrolet Impala. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch issue. Recall # 14299. * ld the consumer stated the vehicle cut off, while driving.

- North Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #53

Mar 262013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 27,560 miles
The battery was showing a lot of corrosion. It was also leaking battery acid. We took the car to a garage in fl. The mechanic said GM had a real problem with this car as they have put the battery too close to the radiator. The battery becomes exceedingly hot and the battery is damaged. I tried to work with GM on this matter, but they held the warranty of 6 years on the battery and when the car was sold to me the battery was only warrantied for 3 years.because I was not sold the battery. GM was. I went to another place to get the battery replaced. The repair man there told me if the battery was not taken care of the battery acid that was leaking could cause a fire in my vehicle. I am hoping you will check into this problem. I have corrected the problem in my car, but there are other cars that have thesame problem and could be detrimental to someone else. Thank you for looking into this matter. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Seven Mile, OH, USA

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